281/1262) C'est What: Citradiction by Great Lakes Brewery of Ontario: **; 4.4%, 40 ibu; strong piney hop nose; earthy hopped flavours;
This was Mark Hutchison's last night at C'est What before joining Black Oak. I couldn't let the day pass without stopping in to tender my congratulations and my thanks. Black Oak are getting a good man.
282/1263) beerbistro: Hypnopompa Imperial Stout by Omnipollo of Sweden: ***/2; 11%; this is their second batch of this brew and only 1000 cases exist worldwide; aged in bourbon barrels; brewed with 100 pounds of marshmallows and Tahitian vanilla beans "the size of cigars"; very low carbonation - almost no foam to speak of; soft, syrupy mouthfeel; the nose is a complex blend of herbal notes, dates, raisins, figs, dried fruit, oak and bourbon; on sitting, the vanilla begins to emerge in the nose and the oak becomes stronger; no hint of the marshmallow; almost medicinal flavours with a biting alcohol finish; not as sweet as I had expected; a slow and warming sipper; there is a hint of coffee at finish; the marshmallow seems to contribute to the mouthfeel more than anything;
This has been in the beerbistro's "Beer Bible" since October. As I arrived and was looking for a seat I felt a hand on my back and heard the words. "We've got it!" and soon after another server came by to share the news. I suppose I have been making a pest of myself. Both servers came by later to exchange thoughts on this fascinating beer.
This was a bottled selection.